California senator seeks to rein in local restrictions on development

The bill could eliminate parking requirements in buildings in LA, Bay Area

Los Angeles /
Feb.February 21, 2019 04:00 PM
Nancy Skinner (Credit: Twitter)

A Bay Area senator has introduced a bill that could impose new limits on what local governments in California can do to restrain development in their jurisdictions, the latest law meant to ease the state’s housing crisis.

Senate Bill 330, introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner, would likely affect the more costly regions of the state, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The bill would block such areas from limiting the number of homes allowed on certain properties, while also set time limits on the approvals process. It would also eliminate the rule that developers must build a certain number of parking spots alongside their projects, though Skinner said developers still could if they wanted to.

It also would protect low-income housing by prohibiting the demolition of any rent controlled or Section 8-funded apartments.

The new bill comes as lawmakers in Northern California buckle down on municipalities. Late last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom fired off a lawsuit against Huntington Beach for failing to comply with state requirements that demand the city set aside land for low-income housing.

The lawsuit was made possible under the new AB72 law, which gives the state more power to punish cities which break housing laws.

Wealthy enclaves in Southern California have a history of barring development when residents and local officials think it might degrade the community. In an extreme examples, Redondo Beach enacted a moratorium on mixed-use projects for nearly a year. Mayor Bill Brand was one of the main backers, arguing it would help ease traffic in the city and preserve the character of the coastal city. [LAT] – Natalie Hoberman


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah (iStock, KUNA/CC0 via Wikimedia Commons)
You can see Kuwaiti embezzlement case from Mountain of Beverly Hills
You can see Kuwaiti embezzlement case from Mountain of Beverly Hills
Former Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, Angels owner Art Moreno and rendering of future Angel Stadium in Anaheim (City of Anaheim, Wikipedia, Getty)
Anaheim scuttles $320-million sale of Angel Stadium
Anaheim scuttles $320-million sale of Angel Stadium
Former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Ramit Varma iStock, votevarma.com)
Ramit Varma exits mayoral race, endorses Caruso
Ramit Varma exits mayoral race, endorses Caruso
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (Wikipedia, iStock)
Golf course housing bill dies on the green
Golf course housing bill dies on the green
From left: Mayoral candidates Rick Caruso, Karen Bass and Kevin de León (Getty Images, iStock)
Feuer exits mayoral race, backs Bass
Feuer exits mayoral race, backs Bass
Harry Sidhu, Mayor of Anaheim (Getty Images)
Feds probe Anaheim mayor over Angel Stadium sale
Feds probe Anaheim mayor over Angel Stadium sale
Candidate Rick Caruso, Councilman Joe Buscaino and Los Angeles City Hall (Rick Caruso, Joe Buscaino, iStock, Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal)
City Councilman exits race, endorses Caruso for LA mayor
City Councilman exits race, endorses Caruso for LA mayor
Steve Soboroff and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (Getty)
Soboroff endorses Bass
Soboroff endorses Bass
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...